Since moving to Cedar Rapids about 2 years ago, my family has explored the area and we have had a lot of fun doing it. We have found a lot of places for Family Fun in and Around Cedar Rapids and I have decided to share some of my favorites.
Hansen’s Dairy Farm in Hudson, Iowa is about an hour away from Cedar Rapids but it is totally worth every second of the drive. Not only will you learn how your dairy products are made but you get a real hands on experience at the dairy farm that let’s you interact with cows and even kangaroos. You can find out why my family loved Hansen’s so much by clicking here.
Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids has a lot of family fun to offer. The grounds are full of beautiful scenery as well lots of interactive play for the whole family. We have had up close experiences with deer, frogs, turtles, and even snakes. Inside of the Nature Center there is even more to explore and it is full of fun information about a wide variety of animals from the area.
Old MacDonald’s Farm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is a completely free public zoo that has quite a history. Not only will you get to see the adorable animals but throughout the park and zoo you can read all about the original owners, animals, and lots of other interesting information. I love taking a walk by the duck pond, it’s such a beautiful place.
The PlayStation in Cedar Rapids is a great place to take the kids when they need to burn off some energy and be active. This giant indoor playground is sure to put a smile on the kids faces and allow the parents a little rest. They have a full menu so you don’t have to worry about heading home to cook dinner and their prices are very reasonable.
The Natural History Museum in Iowa City is another free way to spend your day. Throughout the museum you will get up close and personal with many animals and exhibits that celebrate the heritage of the area reaching back to the Ice Age and beyond.
The Old Capital Museum in Iowa City is also a free place to have lots of family fun. My daughter visited this museum on a school trip and still talks about it almost 2 years later. Whenever we are in the area we are always sure to stop in take some funny pictures and get up close with genuine artifacts that are full of history.
The Granger House Museum in Marion offers a fun and informative tour as well as lots of events throughout the season. Your family can experience how a successful, late 19th-century middle-class family lived. Be sure to check their site before planning your trip for pricing and schedules.
The National Mississippi River Museum in Dubuque is a another great place for family fun and learning. Your family will have a blast getting up close with sea creatures, river animals, and all of the hands on fun this family fun destination has to offer.
The Grant Wood Studio in Cedar Rapids is the original home of the American Gothic painting by Grant Wood. This is the place where the famous painting was created. This family fun destination is a great way to get the kids interested in learning about art, history, and seeing the close quarters the Wood family lived in is also a very humbling experience.
The Paramount Theatre in Cedar Rapids is a beautiful way to enjoy a show with the family. This theatre boasts shows like Orchestra Iowa, Disney in Concert, Annie, and a lot of holiday themed fun for the whole family.
US Cellular Center has a lot of upcoming shows that the whole family can enjoy. Some of their upcoming events are Disney Live, Disney on Ice, and Monster Jam. These should keep your calendar of events pretty full for a while.
I have moved around most of my life but have never lived anywhere like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I am constantly blown away by the beauty and the nature that surrounds us every time we leave our house. Just heading to the store or visiting one of the many parks that the area has to offer reminds me of how lucky I am to live in such a great place.
I hope this list of Family Fun in and Around Cedar Rapids has helped you get enjoy the area as much as my family has and if you didn’t see your favorite place on the list, tell me about it in the comments below. I love featuring local businesses that are fun for the whole family and hearing from locals what their favorite picks are.